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Carolina Forest Fire victims begin to see cash donations

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CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - On Monday, the 155 people who registered with the American Red Cross and are known as "processed victims" were able to pick up a check from the Lion's Club for $33.33. Each victim will receive an equal amount.

Also this week, the United Way of Horry County is expected to mail out a check to each of the processed victims. President of the United Way, Olivia Garren said she believed more victims were signing up with the American Red Cross on Monday, so the 155 could be a higher number Tuesday. As of Monday, the United Way had received $15,658.55 in donations and was preparing to write out checks in equal amounts to each victim.

Garren said some victims may not have signed up with the Red Cross either because there was not a financial need or they don't know they must sign up in order to receive a check.

Over the weekend, a yard sale was held at the "X" Sports Mall. A large portion of the leftover donations that victims didn't pick up were sold. A total of $13,600 was raised on Friday and Saturday combined. Nicole Couilliard, owner of Ron John's Beer and Burger's has headed the donation station at the "X" and said part of the money raised will be given to the United Way and the other portion will be given to the Salvation Army. Couilliard said the Salvation Army has helped some of the victims pay for their first and last month's rent in a new apartment.

The American Red Cross said it will likely not distribute anymore financial funds at this point, but will continue to serve as client advocates to the victims and help on a need-based level.

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